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The covenant ritual in Genesis 15 : examining the nature of the covenant in light of its cultural and literary context

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The covenant ritual in Genesis 15 : examining the nature of the covenant in light of its cultural and literary context

Delalay, Marc-André (2009) The covenant ritual in Genesis 15 : examining the nature of the covenant in light of its cultural and literary context. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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This thesis analyzes the role of Abraham in the establishment of the covenant between God and himself in Genesis 15. It is also interested in the ongoing responsibility of the patriarch once the covenant is ratified. First, through a study of the literary context, it was demonstrated that Abraham shows a constant and active faithfulness in his relationship with God. It is because of his obedience that God could make a covenant with him and promise him an heir and a land. Second, by comparing the treaties in the Ancient Near East with the covenant in Genesis 15, it is concluded that the biblical text reflects the Hittite land grants of the 2 nd millennium BCE, with a suzerain bestowing favors on a vassal--in this case Abraham--who had showed exceptional loyalty. The grant, though, was given in perpetuity and unconditionally only at the corporate level: individuals among the descendants of the vassal may suffer punishment and death should they disobey, but the gift can not be taken completely away from the lineage; a remnant will always remain to enjoy it.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Theological Studies
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Delalay, Marc-André
Pagination:v, 91 leaves : ill. ; 29 cm.
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A.
Program:Theological Studies
Date:2009
Thesis Supervisor(s):Dion, Marie-France
ID Code:976348
Deposited By: Concordia University Library
Deposited On:22 Jan 2013 16:24
Last Modified:18 Jan 2018 17:42
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